Welcome to THE PICKUP LINE— your update while you wait. Our newsreel begins when you “go dark“— those hours when the kids are at school and you're managing your job, your family, your household, YOUR LIFE! While you're doing your thing, we're doing ours. When you come up for air and "shift into park," THE PICKUP LINE is there. Short recaps of the day’s big stories — hard news & lifestyle all in one place — faithfully landing in your in-box every afternoon when you actually have a few minutes to catch up!
Our "past lives" in the news and media business gave us the "know-how" to serve up this information and now in between playdates and PTO meetings, we get to do what we love and use our past and present experience to recharge busy moms and keep them smart and connected as they head into their own “rush hour.” You can read more about us in this feature in NJ Family, here.
Left to right: Patti, Beth, Heather
Beth Pagano Kneebone worked in the magazine publishing business for 15+ years, heading up marketing and promotion departments at numerous magazines including Glamour, Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness and More. She is co-founder of The Pickup Line — a national, daily newsletter for busy moms. She and her husband reside in New Jersey where they’re raising their tween and teen-aged daughters, Grace and Emma -- along with, Tucker -- their flat-coated retriever.
Patti Smith Barrett is a former broadcast journalist who spent nearly 15 years in the business and earned her master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was part of the FOX News and MSNBC launch teams before jumping on camera as a reporter and anchor. Patti is co-founder of The Pickup Line — a national, daily newsletter for busy moms. She and her husband reside in New Jersey where they’re raising their four kids ranging in age from 5 to 14.
Heather Powers McBride worked in news for twelve years — starting as a production assistant in the same newsroom as Patti! After graduating from Columbia journalism school, she worked at a few small TV stations as a reporter and anchor, finally landing at News 12 The Bronx/ Brooklyn. After leaving News 12, Heather started teaching journalism at a local college. She joined The Pickup Line as a partner in 2018. Heather lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children ages 8-16, plus -- her cat, dog and bunny.